Two Judiciary Democrats say they will not meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick

Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee will not meet with Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Democrats roll out legislation to expand Supreme Court Pelosi rips McConnell in new book: He's an 'enabler of some of the worst stuff' MORE

Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoAnti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Biden to tap Erika Moritsugu as new Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE (D-Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), two of the 10 Democrats on the panel, will not hold informational meetings with Barrett. The meetings aren't required, but they are a tradition, and they allow for a senator to privately question a Supreme Court pick before a hearing. 

“I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely one month before an election as Americans are already casting their votes. The American people deserve a voice in this hugely consequential decision," Blumenthal said in a statement. 


"I refuse to treat this process as legitimate and will not meet with Judge Barrett," he added.

A spokesperson for Hirono confirmed that she will not meet with Barrett either. Hirono also did not meet with Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughBiden's court-packing theater could tame the Supreme Court's conservatives Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' MORE, Trump's second Supreme Court nominee. 

Barrett, whom Trump named as his nominee on Saturday evening, is expected to start meeting with senators next week, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP acknowledges struggle to bring down Biden Pew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress Pelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' MORE (R-Ky.). 

No Democrat on the Judiciary Committee is expected to support her nomination after opposing her for her circuit court seat. But the caucus is currently debating what tactics it should use in the expected four days of public hearings. 

Other Democrats on the committee immediately panned Barrett's nomination but did not address if they would meet with her. 


“We are 38 days from Election Day.  And we are 45 days from the Supreme Court taking up the case that will decide whether the Affordable Care Act will survive. President Trump and Majority Leader McConnell want to rush Judge Barrett’s nomination through the Senate before those two dates arrive," said Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinBiden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' For a win on climate, let's put our best player in the game Biden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap MORE (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat. 

Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsSunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues Progressives put Democrats on defense Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats MORE (D-Del.) added that the "confirmation process that is starting soon in the Senate may be the most divisive and damaging we’ve been through."

"I call on my Republican colleagues to defer consideration of Judge Barrett’s nomination and focus on the critical work of providing another round of pandemic relief to the millions of Americans in need," he added.